About MIA Photo Fair, The International Photography Fair in Italy
Conceived in 2011 from the idea of Fabio Castelli, MIA Fair is the most prominent art fair dedicated to photography in Italy. The fair offers a unique approach by presenting Solo Show and Group Show with a specific curatorial project. Its focus is to highlight the role that photography plays in the languages of expression of the contemporary art system.
Educational Nature Training Event For Collective Aware
MIA Photo Fair has created a new collectors’ base that approaches contemporary art through the collection of photography.
The fair provides a successful cultural program, with events and conferences dedicated to the world of art and photography. It aims at supporting a conscious collector with insights and important guests in the Italian and international art scene.
MIA Fair offers art collectors the experience of a unique view of the Italian photography art market, ranging from established to emerging artists.
MIA Fair 2021 In Numbers
The following are the figures and activities of MIA Fair 2021, the fair dedicated to photography directed by Fabio Castelli and Lorenza Castelli at SUPERSTUDIO MAXI – Via Moncucco 35, Milan.
Participating in the 10th edition of the MIA Photo Fair are 90 galleries coming from 16 different countries; alongside are other 50 exhibitors, divided into 13 specialized editors, 9 media partners, 5 exhibitions, 17 conferences, and 5 awards, bringing the total number of exhibitors to 140, within an exhibition area of 7.000 sq. mt.
During the days of the fair 6 prizes have been awarded: the BNL BNP Paribas Group Award an acquisition award which enriches the Banks’s art collection; the G*AA Architecture Photography Award, in partnership with Attilio Giaquinto’s Studio G*AA and with Tiziana Bonomo’s ArtPhotò, dedicated to architectural photography and aiming to enhance its ability to make the public discover the space, atmospheres, landscapes and transformations that are experienced on a daily basis; the New-Post Photography Award, born in 2020, promoting the new languages of a photography capable of confronting the contemporary world in an innovative way; the Premio Esplorare Gavi – Immagini d’autore dal Piemonte, promoted by the Consorzio Tutela del Gavi, aming to enhance the territory of Gavi Docg through photography, telling its distinctive features, its landmarks, its protagonists and the different experiences that can be lived in this beautiful place; the PUNCTUM Prize – Chromatic Synaesthesias, promoted by the Maimeri Foundation with the scientific sponsorship of the Università degli Studi di Milano (Department of Cultural and Environmental Heritage and Department of Historical Studies), addressed to professional and amateur photographers who want to question themselves on the relationship between photography and color; and the Codice MIA Award 2019, an exclusive porfolio review dedicated to mid-career artists, conceived and curated by Enrica Viganò, curator and photo critic.
Beyond Photography is the format that aims to underline what ‘photography’ means today, especially concerning the world of contemporary art. Within it, the new section Beyond Photography – Dialogue, with the curation of Domenico de Chirico, focuses on galleries promoting the most recent generations of international artists.
Its exhibition project is indeed a dialogue between Photography and a single work made with other media such as sculpture, installation, painting, and video. Beyond Photography-Dialogue is an elite place of encounter that places Photography at the center. It does this in a way that, by opening itself to new contemporary forms of “dialogue”, legitimizes its specificity and abstracts from the confines of its history.
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